Indoor date ideas for active couples in Vancouver

A walk along the beach is far less romantic in the rain. From vibrant bouldering walls to cavernous trampoline gyms, Vancouver offers an abundance of indoor locations for active couples to explore when the weather’s dreary.

Extreme Air Park

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14380 Triangle Rd, Richmond, BC V6W 1B1

Picture this: a 42,000-square-foot room with walls and floors made entirely from lime-green trimmed trampolines. Despite its rather “extreme” name, Canada’s largest trampoline gym provides a safe and comfortable bouncing experience that’s catered to all fitness levels. Admission grants you access to such gravity-defying activities as basketball, vertical volleyball, and a half pipe for practicing new moves, while cushy foam pit provides the perfect spot for cozying up with your date during a well-deserved break.

Hillcrest Aquatic Centre

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4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 2M4

Whether you love swimming laps or relaxing in the whirlpool, Hillcrest Community Centre’s many aquatic features and amenities are bound to entertain you and your date for hours upon hours. Built for the 2010 Olympic Games, the beautiful facility boasts indoor and outdoor pools, a whirlpool, hot tub, fitness classes, and more floating toys than you can imagine. The aquatic centre is open until 9:30 pm, which means you can choose a fun daytime excursion or romantic evening dip. And don’t forget to finish with a relaxing sauna or steam.

Kino Cafe

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3456 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W8

Don’t let Kino’s unassuming exterior fool you: this raucous, European-inspired bistro has hosted some of Vancouver’s top flamenco performances for more than 30 years. Each week from Wednesday to Saturday, patrons sip cocktails and enjoy delicious Spanish meals while energetic dancers perform alongside live flamenco music. But the best part of every evening at Kino’s is when the plates are cleared, and inspired guests take to the floor to show off their own dance moves.

RIDE Cycle Club

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881 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2R7

For a date that doubles as a tough workout, a class at Ride is hard to beat. Impress your date by inviting them to spin side by side at one of Vancouver’s premier indoor cycling studios, where the best of the city’s instructors set each class to a unique, contemporary playlist. With the lights turned low and the music pumping, you and your date will build endurance and strength in a team environment. The stylish Yaletown studio was built with modern aesthetics in mind, and it’s an ideal location for sipping water after a workout, and deliberating where to refuel.

YYoga Downtown Flow

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202-888 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1X9

Sleek, stylish and wall-to-wall white, Y Yoga’s flagship location is a perfect spot for relaxing and working out after a long workday. For the price of one $20 class pass, you and your date can stretch before enjoying the studio’s amenities including beautiful tiled showers and an infared sauna. For a real treat, call ahead to book a massage or facial at on-site Vida Spa. The cozy Nourishing Room offers complimentary teas and light snacks for purchase, while an adjoining boutique is best for browsing the latest in yoga gear pre or post class.

The Dirty Apron Cooking School & Delicatessen

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540 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3

Self described as a “culinary playground,” the Dirty Apron proves that the act of cooking may burn as many calories as it creates. Dynamic and interactive classes range from basic skill building such as chopping, mixing, and frying, to intensive lessons in Italian, Spanish or West Coast cooking. Inside the school’s Railtown campus, instructors will walk you through the steps toward crafting a complete meal. And the best part? To finish the class you and your date will sit down to enjoy a fresh meal you created together.

These iconic hikes – all within driving distance from Vancouver – offer breathtaking views, opportunities for wildlife viewing and groomed trails, making them ideal for tourists looking to experience the very best of West Coast hiking. Lace up your hiking boots (or a sturdy pair of sneakers) and start exploring!
Affordable, fun and a great workout, cycling is an ideal method for seeing the sights of Vancouver, where state-of-the-art bike paths and spectacular Seawall views abound. And for those who don’t own a bike – or who couldn’t fit one in their suitcase – these rental shops loan out two-wheelers that are well oiled, affordable and ready for your next adventure. [Photo credit: iStock.com/ Todor Tsvetkov]
Vancouver’s close proximity to lake and ocean – and its many public pools – make the city an ideal destination for trying out watersports with your little ones as they grow. So grab the sunscreen, pack the water shoes and swim trunks, and encourage your kids to learn valuable skills in and out of the water at some of Vancouver’s top aquatic camps this summer. [Photo credit: iStock.com/GOTO_TOKYO]
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